Learn Table Saw Basics in Portland at ADX

Build fundamental skills and build the confidence to use one of the most powerful and versatile tools in the woodshop. Students will learn how to set up the tablesaw for a wide range of cuts and appropriate applications. Priority will be placed on thoughtful and safe tool usage.

Students will display strength in the use of the tablesaw and knowledge of safety procedures. Strength will also be displayed in the knowledge of shop safety, culture and etiquette in a shared fabrication and manufacturing environment.


  • understanding basic wood properties
  • changing blades
  • practice cuts and crosscuts practice
  • variations of rip and crosscuts practice
  • angled, beveled, tenon, dado cuts
  • understanding common mistakes



  • SawStop tablesaws
  • Rip, crosscut and combination blades
  • crosscut sled miter gauge push sticks featherboards riving knife jigs



ultra light mdf and hardwood for practicing cuts.


Kerry recently relocated to Portland from NYC, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Product Design Program and School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design. She has extensive experience in teaching building and fabrication techniques in wood with traditional and rapid prototyping technology.

Through project based learning, Kerry teaches students a range of approaches to acquire, analyze and evaluate materials and processes. During these phases of testing and discovery, students are encouraged to see new approaches from different points of view.

This translates into an interactive, group-oriented classroom where students participate and cooperatively solve individual difficulties. Kerry is excited to be teaching at ADX, and we’re incredibly pleased to have her!

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